I was a bit distressed to learn from Justin Logan that World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism by Norman Podhoretz is Amazon.com best-selling book in the Islamic section. It’s also the number two book in world history (number one is by Naomi Klein which I’m not too thrilled with either, but I doubt her ideas would lead to nearly the sort of bloodshed of a Podhoretz).
Even more disturbing, though, is what follows Podhoretz on the Islamic history list. Number two is Robert Spencer’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam, number three is The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion, and number four is The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World.
Reza Aslan’s book eventually checks in at number five, but it seems that insofar as Americans are interested in Islam what they want is some good, old-fashioned Muslim-bashing. That can’t bode well for the future of our foreign policy.